Former Boise Mayor Dick Eardley passed away Saturday
Longtime Boise Mayor Dick Eardley has died.
According to the family, Eardley, 83, passed away Saturday night at a local hospital.
“He had undergone minor knee surgery, and was feeling great Friday,” said Randy Eardley, his son.
Reports say Eardley suffered a major heart attack and apparently in his sleep.
Eardley served as the Mayor for twelve years (from 1974-1986), longer than anyone else in Boise history. Current Mayor Dave Bieter will match Eardley, should Bieter complete his term ending in 2016.
In the history of Boise, only Eardley and Bieter have won three consecutive four-year terms as mayor.
In speaking of his father’s passing, Randy Eardley said, “He accomplished a lot in his life, but always remained humble.”
Eardley began his career in television and radio broadcasting, and served four years on the Boise City Council before being elected Mayor.
During his time as Mayor, Eardley saw the opening of the Boise City Hall, was involved in several efforts to develop and bring major retailers to downtown Boise, helped form a nine-member blue ribbon committee on downtown redevelopment, and worked with then-Governor John Evans, raptor expert Morley Nelson, and others to bring the Peregrine Fund to Idaho and establish the World Center for the Birds of Prey in Boise.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Photo courtesy City of Boise Department of Arts & History